Winter Olympics late night: What to watch/stream

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With the weekend ahead of us, now is a perfect time to stay up late and watch some of the biggest action from the Olympics.

History is on the shoulders of the American men’s curling team tonight as they look to win the country’s first gold medal in the sport. This has looked like a completely different team ever since their poor start, and they’ve been lighting up the competition ever since then. They’re coming off a very smart 5-3 win over Canada, and with a ton of confidence against a stalwart Swedish side.

Elsewhere, the men’s 50km cross-country takes place tonight in what will be a truly exhausting affair. Another mass start, in speed skating, will be much more fast-paced in what speedskater Joey Mantia compares to Formula 1.


Curling

The Americans have surprised a lot of people by reaching the finals of the men’s curling competition, reeling off four consecutive wins to find themselves fighting for the gold. It’s going to be a very difficult match against Sweden. The Swedes were hovering above a 90% shooting accuracy in their convincing 9-2 win over Switzerland.

John Shuster, a longstanding member of the men’s curling team, has been doing some of his best work over the past fortnight and if that continues then the Americans have a very good chance at winning the country’s first-ever curling gold medal.

Men’s Tournament

Gold Medal Game: USA vs. SWE Stream Live Here 1:35a.m. EST / 10:35p.m. PST

Women’s Tournament

Bronze Medal Game: GBR vs. JPN Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

Cross-Country

In what could very well be the most physically and mentally demanding sport of the entire Winter Olympic Games, 50 skiers will battle it out for over 30 miles to win the men’s finale of the cross-country program.

The Norwegians swept the 30km skiathlon, led by Simen Hegsted Kreuger at the front. Johannes Klaebo and Martin Sundby will again be challenging for that gold medal spot.

This race won’t just come down to the Norwegians. “Super” Dario Cologna of Switzerland can also leave PyeongChang as the best cross-country skier in the world. He is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, including the 2014 30km skiathlon and 2018 15km race. Alex Harvey (Canada) and Matti Heikkinen will also be in the mix.

Men’s 50km Mass Start Stream Live Here 12:00a.m. EST / 9:00p.m. PST

Speed Skating

Making its Olympic debut, the mass start is bound to be full of chaos. Bringing on some of the short track flair into speed skating, 14-16 skaters compete on the track at once as the jostle for points during the sprint laps. Lee Seung-hoon of South Korea has won two World Cup races this year already, and the home crowd will provide an electric atmosphere whenever the action heats up.

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Men’s and Women’s Mass Start Stream Live Here 6:00a.m. EST / 3:00a.m. PST

Hockey

It’s going to be a very difficult turnaround for Canada, who were stunned 4-3 by Germany in the semifinals. This team had an awful time getting things going, falling behind 0-3 early in the second half. Their opponents, Czech Republic, held a good fight against the Athletes from Russia and will be aware of the stinging loss that Canada suffered.

Men’s Bronze Medal Game: CAN vs. CZE Stream Live Here 7:10a.m. EST / 4:10a.m. PST

 

Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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